President orders flags to half staff for journalist killings

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Holcomb announced Tuesday that flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the tragedy at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

The White House issued a presidential proclamation early Tuesday by Trump ordering the lowering of the flags over the Annapolis attack - four days after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, issued an order for flags flown at state institutions.

The White House did not give a reason for the original denial.

The order comes after a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newsroom last week, killing five people and leaving several others injured. Ramos is now charged with five counts of murder.


Buckley expressed frustration Monday afternoon when he was told by a Maryland congressman's office the request had not been granted.

After recent mass shootings at high schools in Texas and Florida, President Trump ordered American flags across the country lowered to half-staff to honor the victims. Altomare also said that employees Rachel Pacella and Janet Cooley had been treated at a hospital and released after being injured during Thursday's attack.

Trump repeatedly has called journalists the "enemy of the people". "He sees these murders as an attack on the freedom of the Press as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution".

Staff members killed in Annapolis. Trump has ordered flags be lowered after other mass shootings.


The fund celebrates the lives of Gerald Fischman and John McNamara, who were alumni of the University; Robert Hiaasen, a lecturer in Journalism at the University; Wendi Winters, a reporter at the Capital Gazette; and Rebecca Smith, who worked on the Capital Gazette sales team. "I told you so", reads the June 28 document sent to the Capital Gazette's former lawyer, with instructions to share it with the paper's former publisher, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Sanders said she spoke to Buckley Monday night to inform him of the President's decision, adding that she was "not sure about the process" which led to Buckley's request initially being denied. "I loved him dearly", she said.

Donald Trump refused to lower American flags in honor of the five people who were shot and killed at the Capital Gazette newspaper last week.


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